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Post  Cindy G on 5/15/2017, 1:32 pm

So I have my box full and I'm ready to plant. I know I have to make sure that the plants are well watered, but how wet should the Mel's mix be? I hosed it down a little when I filled the box. Does it need to be soaked?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/15/2017, 2:43 pm

I would just plant my little plants and then water them in as usual since you already wet the MM when mixing.  Very Happy
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 5/15/2017, 2:57 pm

JIMHO, but Mel's Mix biggest weakness is how easy it is to insufficiently wetted on the initial mixing and filling of the beds.  The peat when first unbagged tends to be hydrophobic until it is thoroughly wetted.  The vermiculite is basically a bag of air rock waiting to absorb but can act like little air bubbles that the water just flows around.

Unfortunately, the compost holds water well and will make the mix feel moist when the bulk of it is really over dry thus making keeping your plants watered really difficult.

I've found that to be sure my mix is ready to go in the bed that I really need to soup it up before letting it drain.  Literally flood it, stir it up to mix it and expose everything and then let it settle.  Or do it in a bucket, about half full of mix, fill to the top of the mix with water the add more mix and old it in to dry it out (that way you don't flush a bunch of nutrients away).

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Post  Cindy G on 5/15/2017, 3:26 pm

Thank you! I'm excited to get them planted. I'm planting: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers,green beans, lettuce, potatoes, some herbs and some strawberries. I plan to add carrots, radishes, green onions and more lettuce for the fall.
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Post  sanderson on 5/15/2017, 5:00 pm

If the beds drain good, I would really water down the beds to make sure all of it is wet. Then plant.

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